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Helping Someone Stay Clean from Opium

Helping Someone Stay Clean from OpiumOpium is a drug that is made from the liquid found inside the seedpods of the opium poppy plant. Once this liquid is extracted from the plant, it is dried so that it can be smoked. Opium was first introduced as a painkiller several hundred years ago, and it soon became evident that opium is highly addictive. Those who abuse opium do so for its sedative and euphoric effects. Opium abuse can quickly lead to opium addiction, requiring a user to take larger doses of opium in more frequent intervals to avoid experiencing withdrawal. Recovering from opium addiction requires treatment and is a process that cannot be accomplished without help. If you have a loved one who is struggling with opium addiction, you may be wondering what you can do to help.  A strong support system of family and friends who are willing to do whatever is necessary to help a loved one overcome addiction can be invaluable.

Staging an Opium Addiction Intervention

If your loved one has yet to seek help for his or her opium addiction, an intervention may be the wakeup call needed to get the individual to agree to treatment. An intervention is a structured meeting guided by a professional interventionist. During an intervention, you and others close to the opium user will have the opportunity to confront him or her with the reality of opium addiction and how it has negatively impacted each person on an individual level. Each participant will have the chance to strongly encourage the user to accept the gift of treatment that is being offered. Ultimately, the goal of an intervention is to make your loved one realize that treatment is the only way to overcome opium addiction and regain a normal healthy lifestyle.

Creating a Safe and Healthy Living Environment for a Recovering Opium User

The environment in which your loved one currently lives plays a major role in his or her opium addiction and recovery. Strained relationships and negative influences fuel addiction. If your loved one agrees to enter an addiction treatment program, creating a safe and healthy environment for the individual to return to can help maintain long-term sobriety. A drug and alcohol free home is essential to staying clean from opium. This includes prescription medications which should be inaccessible to everyone except the person to whom the medicine is prescribed. Encourage your loved one to attend support group meetings such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and offer to go with him or her. This will show love and support which both increase the chances of prolonged sobriety.

More Ways to Help Someone Stay Clean from Opium

If you know a close friend or family member who is struggling with opium addiction or needs help staying clean, do not wait to learn how you can support this individual. By calling our toll-free helpline you can speak to a representative who can answer any questions you may have about helping the opium user in your life. Our representatives are available to take your call 24 hours a day. Pick up the phone, and get help for your loved one today.